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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 7

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 7

This week in “The Ornament of Grammar” adventures, I learned about Pompeian, Roman, Byzantine, Arabian, and Turkish design, as seen through the lens of Owen Jones. I want to keep it short and sweet today, as the design renditions themselves should hopefully fill in the blanks well enough. They are, after all, remixes and are really just a way for me to participate in the material.  First stop, Pompeii. Key words: borders, dado, panels, friezes, pilasters. Borrowed from the Greeks and Romans, colorful tones and shades. Jones mentions in the book that Pompeii’s “whole style, however, of the decoration is so capricious...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 6

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 6

 I only got five sketches done this week in my “Grammar of Ornament” project, but the gang’s all here, bringing the total complete so far to 26 out of 100. This week’s collection originated from Greece, which Owen Jones says was a culture with great taste, prolific and rich in the arts, but tending to produce work that was neither constructive (as in structural) nor symbolic. They produced a ton of work, and clearly they dug their own aesthetic, as did other cultures like the Etruscans. What the heck is an Etruscan? Thanks for asking! Etruscan refers to the region in Italy...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 5

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 5

I'm continuing my "100" theme into February now, with a shift in content: 100 re-imagined designs from Owen Jones' 1856 visual history classic "The Grammar of Ornament". I picked it up because I have been recently intrigued by the patterns and designs that cultures make for themselves, historically and now; what method-and-madness backstories they had, what materials and tools they used and why, etc. Following my curiosity, I'm simply re-designing some of the patterns he documented so I can engage with the material, and that's about that. All right, so Jones goes in chronological order, starting with "primitive" designs from cloths...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 4

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 4

This edition of "Sketchbook Roundup 2019" comes at you speedily this week! I have completed my goal of 100 humans sketched/painted/drawn in January, and I just wanted to share that. (Cue slow clapping.) So, was using gesture studies as approximately half my self-assigned quota some sort of cheat? I don't know. They helped with making the bodies of the last four men, so I am standing by their hefty contribution.  That said, I love the last four dudes! They were made on regular old copy paper using ink, Sharpies, paint markers, and gouache. And now I am done with this...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 3

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 3

Friday Night Creative Chill was (muy reluctantly) cancelled again this week due to the beautiful but slick snowfall, so I was afforded another bonus solo art night which I used to work on my "100 Humans in January" project. This week’s collection now brings me to 96.  On this go-round, I applied oil to paper using a stiff dry brush, limited brushstrokes, and a monochromatic palette. I again used unsplash for reference photos. I hope you enjoy seeing these images; I enjoyed making them! Buuuut... I really hope to see you soon for the rescheduled Alcohol Ink Tiles class! Solo art...

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